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latimes:

Scenes of celebration following today’s rulings on Prop. 8, DOMA

The Supreme Court handed two major victories to the gay marriage movement this morning, ruling a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, and effectively ending Proposition 8 in California.

You can read the full opinions of the court here, or just keep looking at the joy over the rulings captured above.

Photos: Charles Dharapak, Eric Risberg / Associated Press, Win McNamee, Justin Sullivan, Mark Wilson / Getty Images, Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA, Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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"People that are against gay marriage, if they just openly said, “I’m against gay marriage because thinking about two men having butt sex or two women having scissor sex kills my boner, dries up my vagina, I can’t have sex, it ruins my life. That’s why I’m against gay sex.” THAT WOULD BE A VALID ARGUMENT. We would have to actually debate you on that. But these lunatics always go, “Well, because it says in the Bible—” Oh wait, stop. I’m glad you like a book. At this point, I’m glad anybody is reading anything. The Bible is terrific. Give it a read. It has monsters, and adventures, and if you like torture porn, check out the Old Testament. Any Saw fans out there?

“You gotta respect everyone’s beliefs.” No, you don’t. That’s what gets in trouble. You have to acknowledge everyone’s beliefs, and then you have to reserve the right to go, “That is fucking stupid”."

Patton Oswalt, on the topic of “Gay Marriage” (via strangemachinery)

That would be a valid argument? What would the debate be exactly?

(via cocknbull)

Valid doesn’t mean right. Valid just means that it’s a much harder argument to counteract because it’s their personal opinion and not based on some book. Because the book is just a book and has plenty of other things in it that are much worse than the bit about gay people and therefore is an invalid argument. But a personal opinion like “the thought of gay sex makes me uncomfortable” is a valid argument because it is much harder to say “you’re wrong [that doesn’t make you uncomfortable]” because you can’t tell other people how they should or shouldn’t feel about things. If it makes them uncomfortable, it makes them uncomfortable. You could however say, “that’s your opinion but please keep it out of politics because you’re making other people miserable and keeping them from their basic human rights,” or, as Patton says, "That is fucking stupid."

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"I don’t understand why it is considered by some people to be a threat to heterosexual marriage to allow it by gays and lesbians. Shouldn’t we be promoting that kind of faithfulness and loyalty to one’s partner regardless of sexual orientation?"
Al Gore (via gaywrites)
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mattstopera:

Thank God for them Christians!

Man, that baby really knows what it’s talking about!

mattstopera:

Thank God for them Christians!

Man, that baby really knows what it’s talking about!

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michaelhayes:

buzzfeed:

Regarding this douchebaggery…
“Knowing that marriage equality was likely to pass, I thought it  important to force the issue of religious protections. Over the past few  weeks, I’ve had the distinct opportunity of listening to literally  thousands of residents, on both sides of this issue, by holding an  undecided stance. I thought it was important to listen to all of my  constituents and hold an undecided position until the actual bill  language was written and everyones voice had been heard. Now that the  final text is public, I am proud that I have secured some strong  protections for religious institutions and basic protections for  religious organizations. The bill still lacks many of the basic  religious protections I thought were vital, and for this reason, and as I  did in the Assembly, I will be voting no.” (Senator Greg Ball)

Brand this douchebag a douchebag.

WHAT A DOUCHEBAG.

michaelhayes:

buzzfeed:

Regarding this douchebaggery…

“Knowing that marriage equality was likely to pass, I thought it important to force the issue of religious protections. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the distinct opportunity of listening to literally thousands of residents, on both sides of this issue, by holding an undecided stance. I thought it was important to listen to all of my constituents and hold an undecided position until the actual bill language was written and everyones voice had been heard. Now that the final text is public, I am proud that I have secured some strong protections for religious institutions and basic protections for religious organizations. The bill still lacks many of the basic religious protections I thought were vital, and for this reason, and as I did in the Assembly, I will be voting no.(Senator Greg Ball)

Brand this douchebag a douchebag.

WHAT A DOUCHEBAG.

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buzzfeed:

Should say The Mother F—king Honorable. Roy McDonald rules.
[Republican New York Senator Comes Out For Gay Marriage With Awesome Quote]

“You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don’t care what you think. I’m trying to do the right thing.”

buzzfeed:

Should say The Mother F—king Honorable. Roy McDonald rules.

[Republican New York Senator Comes Out For Gay Marriage With Awesome Quote]

“You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don’t care what you think. I’m trying to do the right thing.”

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Gay weddings mean a boost for the economy - anyone surprised?

gaywrites:

Remember that slew of comic strips and one-liners about how gay marriage will save the economy? Well, they were on to something.

The Washington Post article linked above explores how wedding-related businesses in Washington, D.C., like florists and hotels, have seen business boom since same-sex marriages were legalized in the district about a year ago. 

More vendors are popping up in the area, and they’re doing well. Demand is high because gay couples are, in theory, willing to spend just as much on fabulous weddings as straight couples are. Check the article above for numbers and details. 

Even though this is a side effect of the battle for marriage equality, it’s interesting to look at. Gay marriages mean gay weddings mean gay people spending on their weddings.

Regardless of what anyone says, more gay people getting married will not affect how many straight people get married. Win-win for everyone, civilly and financially. So what’s not to love? 

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rising:

You know what to do Tumblr. 
In case you don’t, vote “yes” and reblog. This is the Wall Street Journal, it tends to skew conservative.

rising:

You know what to do Tumblr. 

In case you don’t, vote “yes” and reblog. This is the Wall Street Journal, it tends to skew conservative.

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Statement of the Attorney General on Litigation Involving the Defense of Marriage Act

Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act:

"After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny. The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional. Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases.  I fully concur with the President’s determination."

Good news!

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